Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Program Manager

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 August 2018

Job Description

Job Title: Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Program Manager for Resilience & Food Security Program (RFSP)

Region / Country Program: EARO/South Sudan

Location: Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Reports To: Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP), RFSP


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons based on need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality.

The Resilience and Food Security Program (RFSP) is a USAID funded Title II food assistance program working with communities affected by conflict in five counties of Jonglei State, South Sudan. The overall goal of RFSP is to improve food security of conflict affected households in RFSP operational counties by September 2020.

CRS implements the program as the lead in a consortium with Save the Children (SC). The program implements integrated activities in four CRS’s signature program areas: agriculture, emergency response and recovery, water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and microfinance (SILC). The RFSP is a follow up program to a five-year Jonglei Food Security Program (JFSP). The RFSP started in February 2017 and ends in September 2020. The consortium partners implement the program directly in Jonglei in close collaboration with state and county level government stakeholders.

Job summary

The Program Manager II (PM II) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience is a post based at the program and operational coordination unit (POCU) for the Resilience and Food Security Program (RFSP) in Bor and reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Party for Programs. The Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Program Manager provides technical support and leadership to the county level RFSP DRR teams. The post supports the development and implementation of community level resilience and social cohesion projects through food for asset (FFA). The post works closely with the other program sectors, especially livelihoods, natural resource management and social cohesion to integrate FFA project activities into these sectors at community level.

Specific responsibilities

  • Lead, manage, supervise and provide technical support to the DRR, resilience and recovery team working with the communities implementing activities in six counties of Greater Jonglei;
  • Train and facilitate community managed disaster risk reduction ( CMDRR) committees to develop resilience and social cohesion plans to mitigate and respond to hazards and shocks contributing to food insecurity and promote social cohesion;
  • Plan and oversee the implementation of FFA projects by CMDRR committees to mitigate food security shocks, promote natural resource management and strengthen social cohesion;
  • Integrate capacity building in trauma awareness and social cohesion into DRR planning and FFA activities. Facilitate the identification and implementation of connector projects using the FFA mechanism to support reconciliation, markets and community stabilization;
  • Work closely with the livelihoods and social cohesion sector teams of RFSP to develop strategies and implement cross cutting intervention in natural resource management and social cohesion building to contribute to the achievement of the overall RFSP goal.
  • Work with MEAL team to track and monitor project progress against set objectives, develop and update resilience sector database;
  • Provide training and capacity building to RFSP staff and stakeholders to achieve program objectives;
  • Establish and develop work related linkages and relationship with county government structures, WFP, INGOs and other institutions in Greater Jonglei to share lessons learned/best practices;
  • Support the establishment and capacity building of CMDRR committees to facilitate planning, implementation and monitoring of DRR and resilience building activities;
  • Ensure effective and timely financial and commodity resource management utilization;
  • Undertake any other assignments as requested by the DCoP Programs.

Agency-wide competencies

  1. Serves with Integrity
  2. Models Stewardship
  3. Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  4. Promotes Learning

Program manager competencies

  1. Sets clear goals and manages toward them
  2. Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
  3. Manages financial resources with integrity
  4. Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning

Emergency competencies:

  • Communicates strategically under pressure
  • Manages stress and complexity
  • Actively promotes safety and security
  • Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs

Supervisory responsibility: The DRR Program Manager supervise directly 4 DRR staff at POCU level including one senior DRR coordinator, 5 DRR team leaders and DRR officers based at county level. The post also supervises food distribution officers at county level.

Key Working Relationships

  • Internal: Chief of Party, DCoP-Programs, Commodity Manager, Livelihood Team Leader, Social Cohesion PM, MEAL Manager, Field Area Coordinators;
  • External: County and payam level administration officials and community leaders;

Qualifications, experience and skills required

  • Master’s degree from a recognised university in a development or livelihoods related field; Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in relevant field-based project management experience required, including a minimum of two to three years project management experience in an international conflict affected setting, preferably in Africa;
  • Sound management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely and effectively with administrative and community structures in a conflict and emergency context;
  • Demonstrated experience in DRR and resilience programming. Experience in food for asset programming would be an added advantage.
  • Experience of implementing resilience and social cohesion programs in conflict settings;
  • Strong cross-cultural skills and a demonstrated ability to influence change without direct authority, and to work successfully with community manage disaster risk reduction (CMDRR)
  • Professional working experience in South Sudan, would be an advantage.

Personal/Professional Skills:

  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Vision, and ability to think strategically and innovatively
  • Ability to explain advanced topics simply and clearly
  • Strong survey and research skills
  • Ability to respond practically to challenging situations and tolerate basic field conditions in remote sites
  • Good listening ability and strong interpersonal skills, and ability to be diplomatic when the situation demands

Mental / physical Requirements:

  1. Must express thoughts and ideas by spoken and written word; listen effectively.
  2. Must sit for prolonged periods of time; drive to various locations; work at a computer.
  3. Ability and willingness to travel up to 30-50% of the time within S. Sudan with sub-region visits in-country to project sites; travel within or outside EARO when requested.
  4. The position is based full-time in Bor, South Sudan. This is a non-family post in location with limited amenities

Disclaimer clause:

This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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